Reckless Driving: Understanding The Potential Implications Of Serious Traffic Violations
In Ohio, a driver can be charged with reckless driving when he or she speeds excessively or otherwise drives in a way that displays wanton disregard for the safety of others. In short, if you were stopped by the police for driving in a way that was especially dangerous, you will likely face reckless driving charges.
Don’t take on reckless driving charges alone. At Robert R. Hart, Jr., Attorney at Law, we can help you understand what you’re up against, build a strong defense on your behalf and look for opportunities to have the charges reduced or even dismissed. With over 30 years of experience helping drivers from across the U.S. fight Ohio traffic violations, we are confident we can provide you with the counsel and representation you need to protect your driving privileges and record.
What Am I Facing When Accused Of Reckless Driving?
Ohio takes these types of traffic offenses seriously. In many cases, reckless driving charges are often assessed when a driver is caught speeding excessively, speeding while weaving in and out of traffic or otherwise driving in a way that puts other people and property at risk.
Reckless driving may be considered a fourth-degree misdemeanor and punished with:
- Up to 30 days in jail
- Community service
- Court costs
- License suspension
- Points assessed to a driver’s license (four points)
For those with multiple violations, the stakes are much greater. If you have had 12 or more points added to your license within two years, you can lose your license for six months. Furthermore, jail time is a real possibility for those with numerous prior traffic offenses.
Although you may think that a first or even second offense is no big deal, the truth is that your driving record will be compromised, your insurance will go up and if you live outside Ohio, you could face harsher penalties depending on the laws of your particular state.
If you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), you should also take immediate action and work with a lawyer when stopped for reckless driving — even if you were stopped while operating your own vehicle off the clock. The law does not offer much leeway when it comes to professional drivers and you may run the risk of losing your CDL and your livelihood.
Charged With Reckless, Aggressive Or Careless Driving? Contact Us Today.
We help clients and lawyers in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus and across Ohio as well as people from outside the state in all types of traffic violation matters. If you face charges, reach out to us and we can work together to protect your rights and driving privileges.